High-Tech and Deep-Tech Ventures

Become part of our Venture Accelerator and a unique platform for the exchange
and networking between startups, industry, investors and science

The venture accelerator for high-tech and deep-tech startups as well as startup projects from science with a focus on:

  • New Materials
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Microsystems Technology
  • Nano and Microelectronics
  • Optical technology
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Clean Technologies
  • Health Technologies


High-tech start-ups face very special challenges and at the same time play a key role in the sustainable development of the NRW economic region and entire industries. We help founders on the journey to the innovations of the future in capital-intensive and highly complex high- and deep-tech fields.

The three pillars for the success of early-stage technology developments

HIGH-TECH.NRW is a venture platform and offers a customized 12-week accelerator program for high-tech and deep-tech startups. The program ensures networking with investors, industry and politics as well as active further development from a technology to a sustainable business model.

Validation of the business case

Technologies are not an end in themselves. They are designed to help us solve problems and make our lives easier. Therefore, the identification of a resilient business concept is particularly important.

Investment & Technology Readiness

In addition to the actual application of the technologies, factors relevant to risk management play a decisive role in the future due diligence of investors and partners.

Positioning &

Especially in highly complex developments, the right positioning and communication is the foundation for technological and entrepreneurial success.

Network Effects for Rhine-Ruhr Area

Startups as well as entrepreneurial spirit in key industrial technologies are the basis for a strong, climate-friendly, and resource-efficient industry and thus a central and strategic factor for our innovation and business location.

We are looking for the best high-tech and deep-tech teams from NRW.

The program is individually tailored to the founder’s needs – we coach and network, provide strong visibility and help in the search for first customers and investors. In particular, we are looking for and promoting the following teams:

  • Hardware-based business ideas in above-mentioned areas
  • High-tech start-ups with disruptive potentials
  • Technologies with strong B2B verticals and/or positive SDG effects

In particular, we welcome applications from Female Founder Teams.

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No Equity. No charge. No on-site presence requirement. Just the right contacts at the right time.

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HIGH-TECH.NRW networks medium-sized companies, hidden champions and specialized technology companies with startups and innovation drivers across technologies and industries.

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